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Virtual LEGO competition winners announced Logo for 15th Annual Lego Competition

Students from 11 different schools earned the top spots in Westerville City School District’s 15th Annual LEGO Competition, which remained virtual this year. The competition is open to elementary and middle school students from Westerville City Schools and St. Paul School. Competitors can build anything they want, as long as they design it themselves; No pre-packaged LEGO sets are permitted to be built.

A+ Award winners recognized at April 26 board meeting

Ten Westerville City Schools employees were honored for their contributions to students, dedication to their schools and their commitment to district values as part of the A+ Award recognition at Monday’s school board meeting.

Register now for WCSD’s new summer learning series based on student, staff interest Westerville City Schools' Summer Ignite program

Westerville students can dive into the world of gaming, design and build model houses that use solar energy, go on a simulated dig to explore fossils, and learn how to start their own podcast through Summer Ignite!, a new district-wide summer learning series created by Westerville educators and staff. 

Six WCSD middle school students published in book about thrilling stories Imagine book cover

Several Westerville middle school students are now published authors.

Westerville Police’s New Therapy Dog to Serve Schools, Community Chloe, a therapy dog-in-training for the Westerville Division of Police, greets students at Annehurst Elementary

If Westerville Police Officer Mark Wojciechowski has stopped by your school, then you’ve probably seen the newest member of the Division’s K-9 Program.

Chloe, a year-and-a-half-old English Labrador Retriever, is training to become the first-ever therapy dog for the Westerville Division of Police.  She will work with both the Westerville City Schools and the community.

Westerville middle school students participate in virtual career day sponsored by Nationwide Children’s Hospital Nationwide Children's Hospital Middle School Career Day

Students in Jen Hubble’s Medical Detectives class at Walnut Springs Middle School learned about different healthcare careers during Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s first-ever virtual Middle School Career Day on Monday.

WCSD students recognized in Ohio PTA Reflections awards Ohio PTA 2020-21 Reflections

Students in seven Westerville schools received top honors in the 2020-21 Ohio PTA Reflections award program, which recognizes student achievement in literature, music, dance, film production, photography, music composition and visual arts.

District continues administrative realignments for succession planning purposes Cynthia DeVese and Caley Nestor Baker

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education approved two more organizational moves to meet the district’s succession planning needs at its April 12 board meeting.

WCSD Food Services department testing new food options for student feedback Bento Box

Westerville’s Food Services department will be testing some new menu options at elementary schools across the district, starting Monday, April 19.

Live-streamed chick hatching makes popular project available across the district Livestream of egg hatch project

The countdown has started on when the living eggs will hatch in Deb Bergmann’s room at Genoa Middle School — a process all Westerville teachers and students can watch through a 24-hour livestream on the incubated eggs.

COTA Plus rides free for Westerville middle and high school students COTA Plus logo

Westerville middle and high school students are eligible for free COTA Plus rides from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. COTA Plus is an on-demand service that can be hailed via the COTA Plus App or by calling COTA’s Customer Care hotline at 614-228-1776.

Westerville City Schools’ Summer Enrichment Theatre program to perform Oklahoma Informational banner for Westerville Summer Enrichment Theatre program, Oklahoma!

Westerville City Schools’ Summer Enrichment Theatre program is bringing the musical “Oklahoma!” to the stage. 

The summer production, open to all Westerville middle and high school students, will be housed at Westerville South High School and performed July 15-18, 23 and 24 at the amphitheater in Alum Creek Park.

High schools finalizing plans for graduation, prom activities

All of the district’s high schools will be holding commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021 in their respective stadiums on Saturday, May 29. High schools are also planning for Prom on May 8, which will comply with the newly streamlined Health Department orders that call for wearing masks and physical distancing.

District-wide art show with the Arts Council of Westerville goes virtual 2021 Westerville Virtual Art Show

For years, Westerville City Schools and the Arts Council of Westerville have hosted an annual art show in April to recognize the work of students and their teachers.

Instead of an in-person event, the organizers decided to create a virtual art show this year where parents, educators and community members can view video slideshows featuring more than 160 drawings, paintings, sculptures and other pieces students created during the 2020-21 school year. 

Spring Student Leader Series for middle and high school students starts April 14 2021 Spring Student Leadership Series

Middle and high school students can participate in the Spring Student Leader Series, an interactive online workshop that covers various leadership topics such as decisiveness, integrity, relationship building, problem solving and dependability.

WCSD announces “Bridge Plan” collaborative with central Ohio districts to address needs of students & staff due to the pandemic

Westerville City Schools Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg on Monday announced the district’s comprehensive approach to addressing the academic and social-emotional needs of students and staff because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Whittier fifth-grader teams with mom to help young writers get published Charley Jones

Charley Jones was a third-grader at Whittier Elementary when she saw her words published for the first time. 

She submitted a story about a greedy turkey named Bob whose behavior led him to become a Thanksgiving entree for a writing contest sponsored by the Westerville Public Library. She didn’t win the contest but the story was printed in a book — an empowering moment she and her mother, Leanne, wanted to extend to others.

So they launched My Favorite Story, a nonprofit organization that gives young writers facing adversity the opportunity to creatively work through challenges by publishing their stories. 

DeVese featured in Ohio State podcast about racial disparities in schools Cynthia DeVese

Cynthia DeVese, coordinator of Educational Equity at Westerville City Schools, shared the district’s equity work and implicit bias training with Inspire, a podcast created by Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology.

WCSD Board approves school fees for 2021-22 school year

The Westerville City School board approved school fees for the 2021-22 school year at their March 22 meeting. The fees, which include supplies, instructional materials, tests and athletics, will not increase next school year.

Thirty Westerville middle school students advance to regional Laws of Life essay competition

Thirty students across Westerville’s middle schools are moving onto the regional 2021 Laws of Life essay contest, which challenges young people to discover through reflection and writing what matters most to them in their own lives and the principles they believe should guide their behaviors and choices.

District middle schoolers excel in national advanced math challenge Continental Mathematics League logo

WCSD students competed in the Pythagorean Contest Division during this year’s 39th annual event. The competition consisted of five meets in which students were challenged to complete six multi-step problems in just 30 minutes.

WCSD qualifies for Auditor of State Award with Distinction for ninth-consecutive year

Westerville City Schools has qualified for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction following its state audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. It is the ninth consecutive year the district has received the commendation.

Spring 2020 testing calendar released

Westerville City School officials announced the release of an updated Spring 2020 local testing calendar for students. 

Westerville Parent Council announces 2020-21 GEM Award recipients 2020-21 GEM Award logo

Westerville Parent Council and Roush Honda have announced the recipients of the 2020-21 Great Educator Mentor (GEM) Award, which is presented to individuals who go the extra mile to make a positive impact in the classroom and schools.

District continues administrative realignments for succession planning purposes Tami Santa

The Westerville City Schools Board of Education approved another organizational move to meet the district’s succession planning needs at its Feb. 22 board meeting.

Tami Santa now serves as the director of Mental Health & Wellness, assuming some of the responsibilities of Debbie Meissner, director of Health and Safety, whose retirement is effective July 31. 

WCSD to create Portrait of a Graduate: Reimagining the Student K-12 Experience

Westerville City Schools is committed to collaborating with all stakeholders in the creation of a Portrait of a Graduate. During a year filled with unpredictability and challenges, it is clear that students not only need to engage in learning experiences aligned with state standards, but they also need experiences that promote a variety of skills and competencies.

WCSD rolls out implicit bias and racial equity training to address students’ experience in schools bias image

Since the start of the school year, the entire Westerville school community has taken steps to better understand the racial climate in their buildings and examine the barriers that prevent underrepresented students from access to opportunities. Across the district, school leaders, educators, staff members and parents have dived into the Be the Change!: Implicit and Institutional Bias training which explores implicit bias and racial equity in schools.

Children’s Hunger Alliance recognizes WCSD for its response to feeding children during a pandemic Children's Hunger Alliance recognizes WCSD for its response to feeding children during a pandemic

Westerville City Schools has received the Children’s Hunger Alliance Child Nutrition Award for the Food Services department’s work in feeding students during the pandemic. 

WCSD receives highest rating in open records compliance by Auditor of State Auditor of Ohio seal

Westerville City Schools has received the highest rating in Auditor of State Keith Faber’s new approach to monitoring transparency in government and measuring compliance to Ohio’s open records laws.

WEC launches educational opportunities on suicide prevention for Westerville community Westerville Education Challenge logo

In addition to its tremendous support for the Westerville City School District’s new “Hope Squad” suicide prevention initiative, the Westerville Education Challenge (WEC) organization is launching a community education component open to anyone interested in acquiring the skills needed to help prevent suicide as well as learn more about mental health.

New WCSD webpage offers stress-management, organizational support for students

In conversations with student well being staff this year, Westerville students said they need help managing stress, organizing their school work, and keeping track of their day-to-day activities. 

In response, the district’s Office of Student Well Being and Mental Health launched a new webpage that features 11 videos with tips and strategies to help students manage stress and develop skills to manage their tasks.

Three Westerville seniors earn full-ride scholarships to prestigious universities through QuestBridge QuestBridge recipients

Three Westerville students are now college-bound after receiving full four-year scholarships through QuestBridge’s National College Match, a program that connects high-achieving high school seniors from low-income backgrounds with scholarships to the country’s top universities.

Westerville City Schools Board of Education approves meeting schedule for 2021

Westerville City School District Board of Education members approved the following 2021 meeting calendar during their Jan. 11 organizational meeting.

Free school meals available through the end of the 2020-21 school year School lunch image

Families can sign up to receive meals for their students during their remote learning weeks.

School meals free through the 2020-21 school year

All students enrolled in the Westerville City School District can receive free school meals through the end of the 2020-21 school year.

The update stems from a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the free meal program for the rest of the school year.